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NEW Best Pizza in Toronto Thread

shekamoo Mar 7, 2012 08:47 AM

I nominate the usual suspects: QMP, Buddha Pie, Pizza e Pazzi, Libretto. I dont have a winner because in my experience they are all inconsistent.

What am I missing? Lets have a fresh discussion here.

  1. ingloriouseater Mar 7, 2012 10:01 AM

    someone will say terroni. then there will be piola and maybe defina, but really not much that is new

    but do we need another thread? we will have another 500 opinions trashing and defending the same spots as the previous thread

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    1. re: ingloriouseater
      Davwud Mar 7, 2012 10:46 AM

      I think we do. I think we need new best burger, shawarma and wing threads as well.


      1. re: Davwud
        foodyDudey Mar 7, 2012 11:02 AM

        Don't forget the "best poutine" and "best hotdog" threads as well! May as well do a mac'n cheese one while your at it.

        1. re: foodyDudey
          szw Mar 7, 2012 11:06 AM

          Well being serious, I would like a new fish and chip thread.

          1. re: szw
            foodyDudey Mar 7, 2012 11:13 AM

            I was going to mention fish and chips but didn't. I had some really nice fish and Chips at Mill Street brewery last month. Really well done, and very generous size. The fries were good . The place was packed at 3:00 pm on a Saturday, I hadn't expected that!

            1. re: szw
              Davwud Mar 7, 2012 11:16 AM

              Go for it.


          2. re: Davwud
            shekamoo Mar 7, 2012 12:50 PM

            agreed, specially for shawarma and wings

            1. re: shekamoo
              duckdown Aug 18, 2013 10:57 AM

              Has there finally been any breakthroughs in the Toronto shawarma scene? At last check it's been pitiful compared to whats in Montreal; even the chains in Montreal (Amir, Basha) were better than the best independant Toronto joints

              1. re: duckdown
                Davwud Aug 19, 2013 06:09 AM

                Blah, blah, blah.

                I've never had a Montreal shawarma but to call our scene pitiful is just down right stupid.

                Sorry Duck, but it is.


                1. re: Davwud
                  duckdown Aug 19, 2013 07:23 AM

                  So you have recommendations then?

                  Just for perspective, arguing that it's anything BUT sad is downright stupid.. So to each their own

                  There's Shawarma Empire in Scarborough that is a quality place, and what else?

                  1. re: duckdown
                    justsayn Aug 19, 2013 08:06 AM

                    I am DEFINITELY not a shawarma expert, but I do love the chicken all dressed at Liberty Shawarma on Atlantic. As a chicken wrap it is super tasty with some good heat. The garlic sauce, hummus and tahini taste super fresh and on point. There is great seasoning throughout. Good crunchy pickled veg too.

                    But is it a great shawarma???? I dunno. You guys tell me.

                    1. re: duckdown
                      Davwud Aug 19, 2013 09:40 AM

                      My current GO TO is Al Tanoor. Get it on Samoon and it's fabulous.

                      Of the big 3 on Lawrence E, I'll take Nasib's.

                      Last I'm saying on this thread.


                      1. re: duckdown
                        Googs Aug 19, 2013 04:27 PM

                        From Vinnie Vidimangi. And not even from his now famous "on a coupon" series.

                        1. re: Googs
                          kwass Aug 19, 2013 04:33 PM

                          ...now famous "on a coupon" series...too funny Googs! LMAO!

                          1. re: kwass
                            Googs Aug 20, 2013 12:20 PM

                            Hey, I LOVE that series. Someone needed to write that.

                            1. re: Googs
                              kwass Aug 20, 2013 02:10 PM

                              It's just the way you worded it that made me laugh :)

                      2. re: Davwud
                        Yongeman Aug 19, 2013 08:17 AM

                        I also haven't had a Mtl shawarma, and think that there are some really good ones here in TO--Al Tanoor is my current favourite. With that said, this discussion should be on a SHAWARMA thread, not, 'New Best Pizza in Toronto'.

                2. re: ingloriouseater
                  kwass Mar 7, 2012 01:11 PM

                  I haven't heard anyone speak of Piola. What are your thoughts?

                  1. re: kwass
                    ingloriouseater Mar 7, 2012 02:25 PM

                    other than it is new, no thougts really as i haven't tried it yet. i thought i might this weekend...i admit some of the other international locations have a more interesting menu but i will give our local version a try. i have seen a couple of comments on yelp (i think) that were not glowing but acceptable enough for me to give them a try for myself.

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                  Attknee Mar 7, 2012 11:38 AM

                  Camarras original crust. Keep it simple.

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                  1. re: Attknee
                    shekamoo Mar 7, 2012 12:50 PM

                    I forgot to mention it, definitely a top contender for me

                    1. re: shekamoo
                      foodyDudey Mar 7, 2012 01:09 PM

                      How do you like the Danforth Pizza House pizza? I like the "special" there.

                      1. re: foodyDudey
                        shekamoo Mar 7, 2012 02:18 PM

                        Love it, also slipped my mind, as I was (now it is obvious to me) name dropping!

                        1. re: foodyDudey
                          Poorboy Mar 7, 2012 07:14 PM

                          Agreed on the Danforth Pizza House.
                          I think people are changing their tastes though. For my money it is the best "old school" pizza in town.

                          1. re: Poorboy
                            prima Sep 4, 2012 08:03 AM

                            Besides the House Special, which pizzas/topping combinations do Chowhounds recommend the most at DPH?

                            1. re: prima
                              millygirl Sep 4, 2012 10:03 AM

                              Hi Prima, they only have about 6 toppings in all - the usual green pepper, mushroom, tomatoes, olives, onion, pepporoni. I think that about covers it.
                              Oh and hot peppers! LOL I am serious. It is very traditional.

                              1. re: millygirl
                                prima Sep 4, 2012 10:13 AM

                                Oh, good to know. Thanks, millygirl. ;-)

                                1. re: millygirl
                                  julesrules Sep 4, 2012 02:09 PM

                                  They also have bacon ( it's on the house special) and I believe anchovies. But that is it!

                                2. re: prima
                                  pakmode Sep 5, 2012 08:59 AM

                                  prima - I usually get plain cheese - or sometimes I like the sweet and salty components of green olives and pineapple.

                                  1. re: pakmode
                                    prima Sep 5, 2012 07:25 PM

                                    Thanks pakmode. Green olive & pineapple used to be my go-to pizza when I was a little younger and had a pepperoni aversion. ;-)

                                    1. re: prima
                                      pakmode Sep 6, 2012 07:57 AM

                                      Haha, that's funny. He uses the Unico green olives straight out of the jar - so they're nice and salty. Good contrast to the sweetness of the pineapple.

                                      1. re: pakmode
                                        prima Sep 25, 2012 10:25 AM

                                        I agree! ;-)

                              2. re: foodyDudey
                                haggisdragon Mar 7, 2012 07:36 PM

                                What is the special?

                                1. re: haggisdragon
                                  foodyDudey Mar 8, 2012 05:09 AM

                                  Sorry I can't say exactly, but it's what I order. The first time I ordered from there some years back, I found this online menu: http://www.daemonize.com/danforthpizz... and just decided to order the special. My guess is that it has the first 5 ingredients shown on the list. Even though I ordered one 2 weeks ago, I can]'t remember if it had olives. When I order that pizza, I add anchovies to 1/2 of it as my wife doesn't like those, and heat it up for few more minutes. The prices on that site are old, the LARGE was $26 with all taxes last time I ordered.

                                  1. re: foodyDudey
                                    mariecollins Mar 8, 2012 06:57 AM

                                    I never seem to get the same quality of pizza twice at Danforth Pizza. At times it's beyond description good and others, just pizza with a lot of stuff on.

                                    1. re: mariecollins
                                      foodyDudey Mar 8, 2012 07:35 AM

                                      I only order it about 2 or 3 times a year, so haven't noticed that. But Angelo is so old, he probably forgets something on occasion :-) We have always enjoyed whatever we got.

                                    2. re: foodyDudey
                                      julesrules Mar 9, 2012 01:25 PM

                                      Yup the House Special is those first 5 ingredients: Pepperoni, Mushrooms,Green Peppers, Bacon, Onions. And, it is good. Although a small with pepperoni for under $10 hits the spot when it's just me and the kids. But let's not test his patience by suddenly switching to all small pizzas, it's bad enough that he won't answer the phone on Saturday night :)

                                  2. re: foodyDudey
                                    pakmode Mar 8, 2012 09:30 AM

                                    Love DPH. It's still my go-to-Pizza since it's not too far away. That and Mr. Pide, for Turkish style pizza. I like ordering either plain cheese or green olive+pineapple from DPH. The olives are salty and balance nicely with the sweet pineapple. Angelo is a master at his craft. I also always order small, as that seems to be the best bang for your buck at DPH. $8 + $1/topping. I tried ordering medium and large the past year, and the price increases didn't seem proportional - so I stick to small.

                                    1. re: pakmode
                                      Pincus Mar 8, 2012 11:19 AM

                                      I just figured out this year that small is the best for your buck. So true.

                                      1. re: Pincus
                                        foodyDudey Mar 8, 2012 11:27 AM

                                        I'll have to buy one of each and see if that is really the case. A small with 5 toppings will be $13, do you think it is more than 50% the size of a large one?

                                        1. re: foodyDudey
                                          Pincus Mar 8, 2012 11:30 AM

                                          I think with how full I feel after eating three slices of his delicious pizza, a small fits the bill of being comfortably stuffed. ;)

                                          1. re: Pincus
                                            foodyDudey Mar 9, 2012 04:15 PM

                                            We used to buy a medium for the two of us, but now I order a large since I don't order it more than 3 or 4 times a year. So I eat two or three slices, and save some for a few lunches and snacks as it tastes great one or two days later also.

                                            1. re: foodyDudey
                                              millygirl Mar 9, 2012 06:37 PM

                                              Ditto here. Graduated to a large just so we could have leftovers.

                                          2. re: foodyDudey
                                            pakmode Mar 8, 2012 02:24 PM

                                            Don't quote me on it, but I think so. If you do the 'size test' let us know. Maybe order a small and/or medium cheese with your large to test out the theory?
                                            1 small is usually good for 2 of us, and I'm a BIG eater. If we have guests over I've ordered 2-3 smalls depending on the number of people, and it's worked out fine.

                                            I love Angelo. He truly is a Master at his craft. I also like how he allows you to do 1/2 toppings on a pizza and charges you 1/2 price haha.
                                            Come to think of it, it's the toppings that run up the cost on medium's and larges...I think they're $2 each right?

                                        2. re: pakmode
                                          LUV_TO_EAT Mar 9, 2012 01:39 PM

                                          Bit off topic but what are the best Pide's at Mr Pide.

                                          1. re: LUV_TO_EAT
                                            pakmode Mar 9, 2012 02:22 PM

                                            Mr. Pide and Pizza Pide are both good and have the same menu.
                                            #18 is good to start since it's an assorted pide with all their different pides 'sectioned' off. So 1 part spinach & feta, then sausage, then chicken breast, then lamb.
                                            I like their lamb pide alot, as well as the veggie or even the spicy lahmacun which is #3 on their menu, I believe.

                                            1. re: pakmode
                                              julesrules Mar 9, 2012 08:01 PM

                                              The lamb is really good!

                                    2. re: Attknee
                                      kwass Mar 7, 2012 01:11 PM

                                      I agree with Camarra's. But I like their thin crust.

                                    3. prima Mar 7, 2012 02:32 PM

                                      I like the nduja, margherita and wild mushroom pizzas at either Libretto location.

                                      I like the alici flatbread/pizza at Buca.

                                      I liked the margherita at Viva Napoli last summer, but I'm due for another visit.

                                      Danforth Pizza
                                      920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

                                      2899 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

                                      604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

                                      viva napoli
                                      679 mt. pleasant rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                      1. re: prima
                                        prima Mar 13, 2012 06:15 AM

                                        Enjoyed another Margherita pizza at PIzzeria Libretto Danforth on Sunday. I'm happy they are now open on Sundays for lunch. They were offering a Speck & Egg (soft yolk) pizza at lunch time on Sunday.

                                        piola: http://www.piola.it/index.php?page=food-menu&menu_number=3&lang=en&id=48
                                        defina: http://pizzeriadefina.com/

                                        Pizza Pide
                                        949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                                        Olympic 76
                                        8A Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

                                        Pizzeria Libretto
                                        221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                        3239 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L5, CA

                                        Pizza Gigi
                                        189 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H5, CA

                                        Pizza Pino
                                        855 Westney Rd S, Ajax, ON L1S3M4, CA

                                        Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
                                        550 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7, CA

                                        1. re: prima
                                          FrenchSoda Oct 4, 2012 06:55 PM

                                          Has anyone seen an Northern-Italian style egg pizza recently? By which I mean a very thin crust with an egg cracked on top of it and cooked softly. My family lived In Turino for quite a while and I miss the pizza. Via Allegro used to have it on their brunch menu, but sadly no longer. (I know Via Allegro doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but they did have the lovely egg pizza).

                                          1. re: FrenchSoda
                                            Pincus Oct 5, 2012 07:52 AM

                                            Mangia E Bevi offers a pizza with a single sunny side egg as one of the toppings. Whether it is Northern or not, I can't say, but their pizzas are certainly very thin crust and delicious.

                                            1. re: FrenchSoda
                                              prima Oct 5, 2012 07:58 AM

                                              Pretty sure that's what the Egg & Speck at Libretto Danforth would be like. They offer it most weekends, afaik.

                                              1. re: prima
                                                FrenchSoda Oct 5, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                Thank you both! I wasn't sure if the Egg & Speck was a regular thing or a special.

                                                1. re: FrenchSoda
                                                  prima Oct 5, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                  It is a special, but they seem to tweet about some version most weekends.
                                                  On Sept 29th and 30th, at both locations, it was a porchetta and egg version:


                                                  1. re: prima
                                                    Pincus Oct 11, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                    The one at Mangia E Bevi is a one-egger. :)

                                        2. justxpete Mar 7, 2012 02:35 PM

                                          I like the idea of new threads too - so much out-dated information in the other ones!

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                                            ziggystardust Mar 7, 2012 05:28 PM

                                            Pizza GiGi and Olympic 76

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                                              thebutcher Mar 7, 2012 07:04 PM

                                              Buca: Recent obsession - simple one with Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil and tomato sauce.

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                                              1. re: thebutcher
                                                justsayn Mar 7, 2012 08:01 PM


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                                                TexSquared Mar 8, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                Pizza Pino in Ajax.

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                                                1. re: TexSquared
                                                  Jakis Mar 13, 2012 07:21 AM

                                                  Big fan of a fresh delivered vinny massimos pizza.

                                                  1. re: TexSquared
                                                    Dr Butcher Mar 13, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                    Agreed, Pizza Pino for a heavily topped, thuck crust pizza.

                                                    Have to give a thumbs up for Fratelli Village Pizzeria and Calabria Bakery (haven't been here in a couple of years though) in Scarborough for thin crust wood oven pizza.

                                                  2. TorontoTips Mar 14, 2012 07:59 PM

                                                    I can't let a new pizza thread go by without sharing my list:

                                                    1. Danforth Pizza House (I've never had a bad one)
                                                    - 3 toppings or less, typically Pepperoni, Onion, Mushroom, and sometimes extra sauce.
                                                    2. Vesuvios
                                                    3. Massimo's (good, but a little inconsistent)

                                                    But Please - no cracker-thin, sun-dried-poached-pear, gluten-free spelt, free-range aspargus, and alfalfa sprout pizzas for me, please :-) (evilgrin)


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                                                      abigllama Mar 19, 2012 11:51 PM

                                                      The Via Mercanti pizza at Via Mercante is the best pizza I've had in this city. It's sort of a cross between a calzone and a pizza, not traditional but delicious.

                                                      Runner up was the Pepperoni Pizza at Libretto which was a special. On last visit our server explained that it made it's way to the regular menu for a bit but they couldn't meet the demand with the house made pepperoni and had to remove it. But that it will return as a special on occasion.

                                                      I know that Gigi and Olympic 76 have their fans but have found them to be super bland. I live just a block from Olympic and really wanted to like it. I wish they'd pay more attention to spicing the sauce than loading on the toppings.

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                                                      1. re: abigllama
                                                        callitasicit Sep 3, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                        I just tried DPH last week and it was very good as far as Toronto pizza standards go. I personally wish we had Buffalo style pizza in Toronto, nice airy crust, thick pepperoni with good amount of cheese and sweet sauce plus a sprinkle of oregano. Doesn't sound that hard to replicate.

                                                        1. re: callitasicit
                                                          kwass Sep 3, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                          Try Bitondo's on Clinton. That's exactly the type of pizza it serves.

                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                            magic Sep 4, 2012 07:15 AM

                                                            While I love Bitondo's it's not really Buffalo style.

                                                            But it would be a great old school alternative in lieu of Buffalo style : )

                                                            1. re: magic
                                                              kwass Sep 4, 2012 05:14 PM


                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                magic Sep 4, 2012 08:15 PM

                                                                But still, a great pizza and alternative!

                                                          2. re: callitasicit
                                                            Yongeman Sep 4, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                            Where do you eat your Buffalo pizzas. I've eaten at Buzzy's a couple of time, due to its proximity to 'shopping heaven'. It's pretty good, although I often stick to the wings.

                                                            1. re: Yongeman
                                                              callitasicit Sep 4, 2012 06:46 PM

                                                              I went to Buzzy's and I really liked their wings although it's near impossible not to get good wings in Buffalo. It's funny but I have never had a bad pizza in Buffalo. I ordered Emergency Pizza when I was staying in a hotel at West Seneca, it was awesome. I also ordered delivery at La Nova Pizzeria and while not quite on par with the prior two I mentioned, it was still pretty enjoyable.

                                                              1. re: callitasicit
                                                                Davwud Sep 5, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                Anchor Bar used to make incredible pizza as well. Unfortunately the last couple times I had it, it was only very good.


                                                                1. re: callitasicit
                                                                  callitasicit Sep 5, 2012 04:19 PM

                                                                  Just a correction on my prior post. I guess when I edited it, I deleted my second suggestion for a good pizza place. I also really liked Imperial Pizza, again pretty basic pizza but imho perfect amount of sauce, cheese and thick pepperoni which seems typical in Buffalo.

                                                                2. re: Yongeman
                                                                  magic Sep 5, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                  Pizza Junction!

                                                                  Santora's Phase II !!

                                                                  1. re: magic
                                                                    callitasicit Sep 5, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                    Just read that Pizza Junction is no longer in business:(


                                                                    1. re: callitasicit
                                                                      magic Sep 5, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                                      Yeah I heard about this. I also heard that they might be operating in some form, perhaps as a mail order pizza business (?!). I don't know what the recent news on Pizza Junction is. I suppose that's for this Buffalo thread (which I started!).


                                                                      1. re: magic
                                                                        nevrenuf Sep 25, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                        anyone have any rec's in the yonge and eglington area...even out to bayview...maybe a delivery spot...i just has a horrible experience ordering delivery from big man's pizza there and i'd like to find something good...thx

                                                                        1. re: nevrenuf
                                                                          prima Sep 25, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                          I like the Roman-style flatcrust pizza at Falasca, a couple blocks south of Eglinton. You can order take-out squares by weight during the day, or whole round pizzas at night.

                                                                          There's also a Neaopolitan-style place on Mt Pleasant, Viva Napoli, that I found to be ok. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785420

                                                                          Not aware of any good old school pizzerias near Yonge & Eg.

                                                                          1. re: nevrenuf
                                                                            juno Sep 25, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                            Yonge and Eglinton? Are you prepared to go a bit farther north, to Yonge and Lawrence? If so, I recommend Trio, a full-service Italian restaurant on Yonge St., a few blocks north of Lawrence. I don't think they deliver, but if you'll pick the pizza up yourself - as I do, as it's almost around the corner from my lodgings - you can get any pizza on their menu for $10 (the pizzas are up to $15 if eaten in the restaurant). Wood-burning oven, Neapolitan-style, well executed by a seasoned pro. Choice of 8-10 different pies listed on the Trio website. Mostly traditional toppings. Easy parking, while you run in to get the pies, on the streets running east off Yonge St.

                                                                            1. re: juno
                                                                              nevrenuf Sep 26, 2012 05:40 AM

                                                                              that sounds good! thanks...i was hoping for delivery for those days when hungover and unable to move...but def good to know.

                                                                              1. re: nevrenuf
                                                                                Davwud Sep 27, 2012 04:25 AM

                                                                                We had a really nice dinner at Trio earlier this year. We ordered a small pizza between the 4 of us as an app. It was very good. I think you'll be happy.


                                                                  2. re: callitasicit
                                                                    TorontoTips Sep 30, 2012 04:11 AM

                                                                    I have to run to Buffalo for a pizza every now and then - personal faves are La Nova or Baci, so many great joints in Buffalo, or pizza & wings at Anchor Bar.
                                                                    Buffalo style pizza is THE most under-appreciated style of pizza.
                                                                    Locally, I'm a Danforth Pizza House guy. I liked Bitondos, but I actually prefer Abruzzo Pizza's panzerotti to Bitondos, if you ever pass through or live near Richmond Hill.
                                                                    And to answer an earlier post, I think the secret to great "neighbourhood-style" pizza is 2-3 toppings at the most, don't pile it on, and always ask for well-done - except at DPH, since Angelo does it perfectly well-done without asking :-)

                                                                    1. re: TorontoTips
                                                                      larossa Oct 1, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                      Terroni is a good bet, solid pizza pies. I hear good things about Queen Margherita although I've never personally been.
                                                                      Things going on in Oakville though... ;))

                                                                      1. re: larossa
                                                                        ylsf Oct 1, 2012 07:36 PM

                                                                        Where in Oakville ? 7 Enoteca?

                                                                3. Googs Oct 6, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                  For thin crust, wood-oven, properly finished, and creatively topped pizza on the east side, my new fave is Crazy Tomato Trattoria on St Clair at O'Connor. A pizza is only as good as its platform and theirs is terrific.

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                                                                    afong56 Jun 13, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                    fyi, for those interested in trying vpn pizza and getting a deal, wagjag has a $50 for $25 deal for pizza e pazzi (corso italia location, 1182 st. clair) on now. . .

                                                                    i know myself and others are pretty happy with PeP's dining experience, so here's a chance to try it on the cheap. . .

                                                                    fwiw, i will say that the original location was slightly better than the corsa italia location, imho. . .

                                                                    linky: (hope this works)


                                                                    edit: this deal only works weekdays (mon-thurs), so deal is not as great, but if you're in the area?

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                                                                    1. re: afong56
                                                                      Nevy Jun 13, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                      Thank you!

                                                                    2. Davwud Jun 13, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                      I forgot about this thread earlier this year and by now, probably most of you know but I had occasion to eat at Pie in Barrie.
                                                                      It was featured on YGEH and looked awesome. So we went.

                                                                      It's great. Some of the best pizza I've had.


                                                                      They now have 2 locations in Barrie.


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                                                                      1. re: Davwud
                                                                        kwass Jun 13, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                        Where is the 2nd location?

                                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                                          Davwud Jun 14, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                          Not positive but I believe it's more down by the water.


                                                                          1. re: Davwud
                                                                            kwass Jun 14, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                            Thanks Davwud. I've been wanting to go since I saw it on YGEH, but still haven't made it out there :(

                                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                                              Davwud Jun 14, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                              The original location is just about right off the hiway.

                                                                              Maybe you could organize a chow meet there.


                                                                              1. re: Davwud
                                                                                kwass Jun 14, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                Now that's an idea :)

                                                                        2. re: Davwud
                                                                          TeacherFoodie Jun 14, 2013 03:52 PM


                                                                          Do you remember which pizza(s) you had at Pie?

                                                                          1. re: TeacherFoodie
                                                                            Davwud Jun 14, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                            Green Eggs and Ham
                                                                            Porky Pie
                                                                            Nutty Pie (dessert)


                                                                          2. re: Davwud
                                                                            abigllama Aug 19, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                            We picked up some food at the location just off of the 400 on the way up to Blue Mountain last week. Got two of the frozen pizzas for take out, a family sized gnocchi and salty balls

                                                                            The pizzas are sold in pairs and we had the Queen pizza which were fantastic. Crust was amazing even baked from frozen. The gnocchi and salty balls were great too.

                                                                            The pizzas we saw on the tables when we picked up our food looked amazing. We will definitely be stopping in to have a meal here when in the area.

                                                                            1. re: abigllama
                                                                              TeacherFoodie Aug 21, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                              I have been twice now. Amazing pizza. I love their crust. Last time we had the balls of dough as well. Quite tasty!

                                                                          3. prima Jun 14, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                            Besides Danforth Pizza House, Gerrard Pizza, Vesuvio's and Bitondo's, which other doughy, old-school, Ontario-style pizzas do you guys recommend, that can be reached by TTC?

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                                                                            1. re: prima
                                                                              kwass Jun 14, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                              Who needs anything else when you've got Bitondo's!! IMO, BEST old-school pizza EVER!!

                                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                                Davwud Jun 14, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                I've had Bitando's and Vesuvio's and think V's is better. Not that B's has anything to be ashamed of.


                                                                                1. re: Davwud
                                                                                  kwass Jun 14, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                  I can't speak to Vesuvio's, since I haven't tried it, but if it's better than Bitondo's, I will definitely give it a try!

                                                                                  What about Fresca's on College? Is that old style pizza? Has anyone tried it

                                                                                  1. re: Davwud
                                                                                    kwass Jun 14, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                    I always thought Vesuvio's was on College, but it's not. It's on Dundas W, right?

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                                                                                      Davwud Jun 14, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                      Ya. Junction area.


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                                                                                        kwass Jun 14, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                        Thanks Davwud!

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                                                                                      PoppiYYZ Jun 14, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                      Had a place in High Park for years (until recently) and Vesuvio's was our go to and pick up place.

                                                                                      Best pizza in the area by far, but although it had a very pleasant flavor (likely due to a properly developed yeast dough), the crust was always tough and the toppings were meh (especially the meat(s)). Mediocre pizza at best.

                                                                                      Why it gets love, I don't know.

                                                                                    3. re: kwass
                                                                                      prima Jun 14, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                      I'd kind of like an old school pizza place that's on the subway line, maybe even north of Bloor (wishful thinking). I only end up on College St every other month, at most, and I only visit the Junction about twice a year! :-)

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                                                                                        magic Jun 14, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                        Is Olympic '76 still kicking around?

                                                                                        They're on the Yonge line, and they were silver tray old school last time I was there (AAAGGGGGGGES ago).

                                                                                        1. re: magic
                                                                                          kwass Jun 14, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                          I'm pretty sure they are. I just drove by there recently and could swear that I saw it.

                                                                                          Magic, how does it compare to Bitondo's and Vesuvio's?

                                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                                            magic Jun 14, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                            I couldn't really say. It's been like 10 years since I had Olympic '76. I remember it being good, but it was soooo long ago. Keep on meaning to return. Always seems off my to-do radar I guess.

                                                                                            Also, I've yet to try Vesuvio's. Bitondos I love love love.

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                                                                                              kwass Jun 14, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                              Thanks magic.

                                                                                              I'm totally with you on Bitondo's. It's the pizza from my childhood. The absolute best!! And now Vesuvio's is on my list.

                                                                                              Has anyone tried the panzerotti @ Bitondo's? It's totally off the hook. I'm not a big panzerotti fan, but Bitondo's panzerotti is unbelievable!

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                                                                                                magic Jun 14, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                I can never stray from the pizza, but Bitondo's is real well known for their panzerotti.

                                                                                                Gotta try that one day.

                                                                                                I think I can count the number of panzerottis I've had in my lifetime on one hand. I guess I love pizza too much to stray :)

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                                                                                                  kwass Jun 14, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                  I'm like you magic. I never eat panzerotti. I've think I've had 2 in my lifetime, Bitondo's being one of them. The only reason I got it that day, was that they were out of pizza and it was a 10 minute wait, which I didn't have time for. So, I got the panzerotti, and was I ever pleasantly surprised. It was really really good!!

                                                                                                  P.S. You don't have to stray...get both :)

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass
                                                                                                    magic Jun 14, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                    Both it will be then, kwass! Good call.

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                                                                                                      kwass Jun 14, 2013 06:02 PM


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                                                                                                    magic Aug 14, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                                    Believe it or not I recently had a pepperoni pizza at Artisano Bakery Cafe on King St. that was absolutely delicious. Old school style. Salty, chewy molten cheese, great semolina covered crust, delicious pepperoni. Basic, but done superby.

                                                                                                    Reminded me a lot of my long-since-gone pizza standby, La Lucciola.

                                                                                                    I recommend CHers give it a shot (York Mills location closed for renos until some time in September).

                                                                                                    King St. location had amazing staff when I visited. Brownies looked good too.

                                                                                                    1. re: magic
                                                                                                      kwass Aug 14, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                      That's my favourite type of pizza! Thanks magic! I'm definitely going to check it out!

                                                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                                                        magic Aug 15, 2013 04:52 AM

                                                                                                        I think you'll like :)

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                                                                                                          kwass Aug 15, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                                                                          Me too! Looking forward to trying it :)

                                                                                    4. Bobby Wham Jun 14, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                      Anywhere to get a good Sicilian pie in Toronto?

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                                                                                        kwass Jun 14, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                        What exactly is Sicilian Pizza?

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                                                                                          Nevy Jun 14, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                          From what I've experienced, it's a thicker crust often in a rectangular shaped. It has more toppings than neopolitan pizza and the sauce isn't watery. The pie is never softer in the middle like neopolitan style. The crust also has a 'breadier' taste and a softer crumb. Some people say Silician style is closely related to pan pizza but I don't think so.

                                                                                          Falasca at Yonge and Eglinton specializes in Roman pizza which I find is similar to Sicilan style. I personally find it a great spot. It's the only place in Toronto that I like so far that isn't neopolitan.

                                                                                          For a great Canadian version of Silician style, I love Molisana bakery in Mississauga. The crust is a great bread flavour with a crusty bottom but soft interior. It's fully loaded with toppings and freshly prepared daily. The family that runs the place has their roots near Sicily. Great Italian hot plate cafe with freshly made pizza!

                                                                                          1. re: Nevy
                                                                                            kwass Jun 14, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                            Thanks Nevy :)

                                                                                      2. justinisthebest Aug 27, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                        BIG HOUSE PIZZA at Danforth & Donlands definitely has my vote!

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                                                                                          Pincus Aug 27, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                          And they have slices! Perfect with a coffee at The One in The Only.

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                                                                                            Full tummy Aug 27, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                            And then go across the street to Minuet Cafe to get a slice of cake.

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                                                                                          Luvtooeat Aug 28, 2013 04:34 PM


                                                                                          901 Millwood Rd
                                                                                          (416) 425-2500 Call first as they sometimes open later than most

                                                                                          Hands down their pizza dough is the best
                                                                                          with great toppings offered

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                                                                                            Ediblethoughts Aug 28, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                            What's this place like inside? (I assume fast food atmosphere, no liquor licence?)

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                                                                                              Luvtooeat Aug 29, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                                              yes takeout
                                                                                              no liquor licence

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                                                                                              Davwud Aug 29, 2013 05:02 AM

                                                                                              Most definitely call. I've put them on my Boycott list because I was tired of heading over there only to find them not open during their posted business hours. Sometimes over and hour after the posted time. I HATE that.


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                                                                                                Full tummy Aug 29, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                That happened to me at Big House Pizza. A full hour before posted closing time I called to order and got the answering machine. So drove by to place order at the resto. Closed. So emailed to ask why they are closed when their website says they should be open and to express how this inconvenienced me. No reply. So no more business from me. Cross it off my list. They don't need my business, apparently.

                                                                                            3. justxpete Dec 22, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                              I had a Vesuvios medium deluxe on Friday for the first time in a long time, and it was fucking great.

                                                                                              Must be the best "westernised" slice in town, no?

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                                                                                                disgusti Dec 22, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                i like the vesuvios pepperoni square slice they do but ive never had a full wheel there, i don't think it's the best slice in town tho, bitondos at its finest is pretty unfuckwithable

                                                                                                1. re: disgusti
                                                                                                  justxpete Dec 22, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                  This pizza I had on Friday absolutely destroyed the last pizza I had at Bitondo's (two months ago).

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                                                                                                    justxpete Dec 23, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                    Bleh. It was so good on Friday that I ordered it again tonight. Wasn't even close to being as good. Not sure if it was a fluke on Friday or they had an off night tonight.

                                                                                                    1. re: justxpete
                                                                                                      PoppiYYZ Dec 23, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                      I really think ya need to look to see if Nana is in the Vesuvios Kitchin making the pies before you order.

                                                                                                      The dough flavor has always been great, but the texture, ingredient quality, and assembly has always been hit and miss.

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                                                                                                  Ediblethoughts Dec 25, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                  Tried Vesuvios a few years back and didn't find it that great for veg pizzas. Doing a pepperoni pizza great doesn't always translate well into the wetter veggie ingredients.

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